Nellie Without Hugo

By Janet Hobhouse


The temporary departure of her English husband to Africa leaves Nellie in New York to try and repossess the territory she has sacrificed in marriage.

Uneasily re-entering the sexual arena with the solidly unexceptional Connaly – a previous lover – she finds her new strategy confused by the varying fortunes of her family: Sarah, a dishevelled reminder of the flimsiness of women’s fates; Rebecca, once a cool vision of self-sufficiency, now about to trade in her footloose existence; and the undaunted Louisa, who. at sixty still relishes an affair of the heart…

Gradually, Nellie comes to terms with the price of independence – and of love.

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